Innovation Insights: An Introduction to PregnancyVue

Innovation Insights: An Introduction to PregnancyVue


So, let me tell you a little bit about
about CACHE- I can’t follow that now. So, I work within the NCFE awarding and
actually I’m here today to represent the CACHE brand. And CACHE offer
qualifications within the care, health, education sector. So, probably better
known, or best-known, for early years child care, health and social care
type of qualifications. So we are, we’ve been in operation in function as
CACHE qualifications since 1945. So, we have a long history of being within that
sector and I stay true to that. So where we are now within the NCFE
awarding, we’ve got a fantastic opportunity to be able to grow and
develop, but we remain true to the core of our vocational offer. So, when we
think about innovation, we have to think very carefully. I echo the thoughts
of the delegates- of the colleagues that have spoken already, in
terms of: you know what I’m 50 something and I stand here thinking you know ‘Do I
know enough about technology?’ Absolutely not. And I’m always running behind and
I’m always the first one to say ‘Can you show me that again, please?’
‘What did you just do then?’ and I think it’s really important that we do
appreciate that, because our learners need to have a variety of choice. So, because we’re from that sort of vocational offer, in terms of early years
child care, health and social care, we thought to ourselves: ‘Okay, so we do need
and we do want to be in this world of innovation, what can we do?’ So, we actually
did- you can’t do it in isolation, that’s the first thing. Now, a lot of our
students, who are actually studying for those qualifications, do fall into the 16
to 19 bracket. So, what I’m going to talk to you about today has been tested and
has been worked on and developed with students within that bracket, so bear
that in mind. Also, when we have a natural break,
which is I think around 10:30? Something like that. Out in the foyer area,
you’ll have the opportunity to look at some of the VR materials that we’ve got. So, there are, you might have seen them when you came in, some of you. There are some Oculus headsets and you’re more than- more than happy for
you to have a look, and we’ll take you through some of the things that we’re
developing. I should warn you that it’s called PregnancyVue, it gives you a
clue as to what you might see on that VR, okay? So, but it- but it is an extremely
useful tool. I don’t know if anyone’s seen the PregnancyVue? Aha, well now is your opportunity! Okay so PregnancyVue. When we thought about
what we could do, and there’s all sorts of things, what subject areas shall we
look at? And actually some of the- some of the areas that came back, that are
difficult to teach because obviously you’re developing things in, you know in
liaison with the tutors and the students and so on. And looking at
something, from conception to birth, was something that was going to be difficult
for us to try and do, we have to think about how we do it. But also something
that that was becoming more and more difficult to teach and, you know the
students: ‘Ah, it’s boring you know. ‘Oh, we’re just looking at text or looking at a
video’. And we wanted to try and see if we could bring that more to life. So,
we’re going to just have an overview, the objectives of what we did, talk a little
bit about that app and how we intend to measure the success of the program. So, as we said there, as I’ve just said, it
has been developed in collaboration with others. It is a program that allows
students the versatility- it’s versatile and flexible
in relation to how you could use that in a classroom environment. So, as a teacher
there are many different options that you could use when you’re
looking at this app, so you could use the headset and you could look at a glossary,
you could look at introducing keywords, you could just look- use the whole thing
and go right through without any… without any communication, without any voice over,
just have the experience. Or you could, in fact, just be looking at this in- sort of discrete areas, so you could look at the first trimester, for
example. Then moving on to different areas and blend the learning, because I
think very much what colleagues have said already, when they’ve been
talking this morning, is about the importance of having that choice, about
having that flexibility in terms of what you offer as a learning tool. So, it’s
important to give that blended approach sometimes, not all learners will take on
board the technology in the same way as others will. Not all learners- you
could give somebody the Oculus headset and off they go and then assume that
they’ve learned something. So, you know, it is very much when we heard
from Rachel and, was it Dave? Sorry,
and then very much talking about, you know, that traditional sense of learning. So, if learners are coming from that we need to very much embrace the technology
world and bring that on board ourselves, but also make sure that we’re
having those opportunities where students are able to use the
textbooks, use the teacher feedback and interaction. But also give people the
opportunity to learn in a way that they’re used to. So, blended learning was
very much at the heart of what we do. And it takes you through the different
months. It will, when you- when you use the headsets, and we’ve tried and tested with
some with some students there, but when the students are using those, they will
be able to choose whether they want to actually be able to look-
and you will actually feel as though you are pregnant. So, it will
take you on this journey into the womb, into the uterus and you will see
the baby developing. You will have the dialogue and then you will also have
opportunities to stop and to think, have reflective questions and review. And
the learners reactions on here were quite incredible. Because the
learners actually came alive when they were looking at this and they started to
talk to each other. So, where a subject might have been very much a closed book,
very much a one-way sort of teaching learning program, it became very
interactive, in terms of student to student. And we all know ourselves that
we learn best from each other. So, it opened up a different sort of
learning as well. It wasn’t just a case of tuning into technology, it was a case
of tuning into learning. And that’s quite important. So, there are different options
and I really do hope that you’ll have a go and you don’t need to have a strong
stomach, it’s nothing too intense. But it will give you, you know, the opportunity
to see ‘What is this VR?’, about how could it work in a learning environment. So, the
experience, you can actually become the pregnant woman and so you take on that
experience. There’s lots of opportunities for revision, there’s quizzes. there’s
glossaries and there’s a tutorial that tells you about the aims, purposes,
objectives of the program. So, using this and using it as part of a teaching and
learning tool, there are lots of opportunities for the teacher. Very, very simple to use. I’ve got a colleague in the back there,
just give me a wave, Kay. There she is. and Kay will absolutely, absolutely tell
you that I am sort of- I am curious and I hope I’ll always be curious, but I’m not
the most adapt, agile, techno- person for technology. But what we can’t do is stand still, what we’ve got to do is embrace this. Whether
we like it or not, we have got to be able to feel more and more confident with
this to be able to give learners the full opportunity and be able to engage
with them and to motivate them as they as they deserve to be. We have to keep
this very simple in order to do that, very straightforward, very accessible and
very manageable. We don’t want somebody in the classroom who was going to be a
tutor of a generation, whereby they are frightened of bringing that into the
classroom. We need to have something that’s easy to use, that you can use and
then have back up with more traditional methods, if you so wish. Because in that
way, everybody is learning together and everybody feels confident. This is what
the lady looks like, the first time I put it on, I’ve got to be honest: ‘Look at that flat
she lives in, that’s amazing, like I wanna house like that.’ And then you’re captured because
then you will look and you will go on this journey of pregnancy and it really
is quite remarkable. So, what the tutors liked, was the fact that you could
do something, stop and revise. So, you could take this, you can even use this
and pop it on a big screen. So, you can have the dialogue in this way. You could
do the quiz together, you don’t need to expect learners to work individually. If
you don’t have enough headsets, what do you do? You can’t have: ‘Oh, okay this table.’
You know how difficult that can be in an educational environment. Or you can
reflect yourself when ‘Oh, one table in the classroom, have got all these
headsets. What’re we gonna do then? Go library?’ You know? You need to think about
those things. So, the idea of being able to use it in a versatile way, and it’s
important this app is accessible on an iPhone,
for example. You can use it with the headsets, you can use it on the big
screen, you can blend that learning so that you could have a carousel of how
you approach it. And there they are intrigued. And these are some of the
things- some of the feedback. So, they all wanted to do the quiz at the end. This is from the tutor work, where we piloted the the experience. ‘I’ve
never had it where they wanted to do a quiz’. Not unless it was in the Pearl Bay.
So, again the idea of high quality, innovative technology, but bringing it in
in a way that everybody can connect with and I think that’s really really
important. The worst thing you want to do is have
something that’s high gloss, high shiny but no one wants to use it because
they’re frightened of picking it up. People like me, for example. I need to
know that it’s accessible, managed, straightforward. You want to test any IT kit? Give it to somebody like me because if we can do it, you’ve cracked it. Something different, something visual, we
all learn in different ways, don’t we? But, I think it’s important that
everybody has a little bit of engagement with lots of different ways. Because
sometimes we haven’t found our preferred method until that happens, until we’re
given that opportunity. There’s the tutor, at the college. And of
course, part and parcel of this is falling in line, with the government
policy and the idea of bringing things online and having opportunities for
learners to use advanced technology, bringing it into the classroom,
motivating students. And the bottom line is the same as it ever was in education,
allowing learning to take place. I do hope you’ll come and have a look. Thank you, thanks for your time.

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